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Freedom from fear is also a right
The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner
Feb 19, 2007 3:00 AM (8 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 20 of 13,522 articles
WASHINGTON - District residents have been the guinea pigs in a failed 30-year-old experiment in social engineering. Three decades of strict gun control laws have not made the capital citys streets safer. On the contrary, since 1976, D.C.s murder rate has increased 32 percent, and violent crimes committed during the first few weeks of 2007 by gun-wielding thugs are up a staggering 50 percent over the same period last year.
None other than former Mayor Marion Barry, now representing Ward 8 on the D.C. Council, is waving the white flag of surrender by introducing legislation to provide potential victims a limited window of opportunity to arm themselves in self defense. We are in the midst of a gun-violence epidemic, Barry said. Everybody but the criminals are abiding by the citys gun control laws [which] have long been among the toughest in the nation. Not only are District residents forbidden from owning firearms not registered before 1977, they must also keep legal rifles and shotguns at home, unloaded, disassembled and useless against an armed intruder.
Barry deserves credit for stating the obvious, considering that most city officials shrink from accounting for the 2,656 illegal firearms recovered last year by the Metropolitan Police Department weapons current gun control laws were supposed to keep out of the city.